The People of Shadowcliff
Skelly Warren - Chair
James Skelly Warren is a retired theatre professor. His 1972 connection to Grand Lake and ultimately Shadowcliff was summer theatre; his wife, Judith, and he revived the The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in 1995 and after 9 years retired. In 2007-2013 they were delighted to serve Shadowcliff as on-site managers. It was Skelly’s love and commitment to Shadowcliff, Grand Lake and the surrounding natural beauty that brought him to the Shadowcliff Board of Directors. He was selected as Chair in September 2020.
Larry Leblang - Treasurer
Chris Van Roekel - Secretary
While living in Fort Collins, Colorado, Chris began volunteering at Shadowcliff in 2015 as part of the early May volunteer group. He enjoys the beauty of the creation that surrounds Shadowcliff and the opportunity to connect and build relationships with fellow volunteers in a setting like none other. After receiving masters and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University, Chris now resides in Indiana where he now lives and works as an engineering team leader for a large engine manufacturer. In his free time, you can find Chris working on his golf game or on his road bike on flat, wind-blown country roads.
Ariana Friedlander, MPA is a community organizer, a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rosabella Consulting, LLC. She works with leaders doing business as UNusual. Ariana specializes in fostering positive change in an organization’s culture so it remains relevant in the 21st century. Ariana received the 4th Annual Quid Novi award for Innovative Thought for EntrepreNerds™. She has her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Delaware and her BA from Hampshire College. Ariana lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and daughter.
Michael Dorosh is a retired small business owner who now devotes his time to a number of volunteer endeavors. Since 2004, he has been Director of the annual HIV Retreat at Shadowcliff, started over 20 years ago by the founders of Shadowcliff. Michael serves as Director of Treatment Educat10n Network (TEN). Its programs include the HIV Retreat, monthly Community Educat10nal Forums, and the UB2 social group. Nationally, he is very involved in the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) and the Global Community Advisory Board of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). He also serves on the University of Colorado ACTG CAB (Community Advisory Board) and the Colorado State ADAP Advisory Committee. He enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, and spending time with his best friend Rocket.
Jamie first visited Shadowcliff while serving as CEO of an environmental organization in Kansas City
during which he expanded his understanding of sustainability issues, climate change, community
advocacy and volunteerism. During several visits he found Shadowcliff to be a haven for education,
inspiration and rejuvenation. Jamie spent the first ten years of his career working for the Oklahoma
Department of Corrections where he learned much (in retrospect) as a Warden and Deputy Warden.
Subsequently he worked for nearly 30 years as CEO and regional manager of continuing care retirement
communities coast-to-coast, most recently in the Kansas City area. He and his wife Judy vacationed with
their four kids in the mountains for many years and he has a decades-long interest in sustainable design.
Recently retired, he looks forward to spending time with family and his three granddaughters.
Sue Rempel spent almost every summer of her life with her family in Grand Lake since 1957, building and helping with every aspect of Shadowcliff. After an injury temporarily kept her away, she’s happily serving on the board to support Shadowcliff’s future, bringing the vision and commitment that Warren and Patt Rempel held as they built each building— their dream and life’s work. Sue’s love of Grand Lake extended to her two sons, Alexander and Nicholas, who experienced the magic for nearly every summer of their childhoods. Sue, a hospice nurse, lives in Santa Fe, NM with her family.
Terry discovered Shadowcliff’s magic on a week-long retreat with 40 members of his Kansas City congregation in 1976. Six of those individuals have since served as managers, staff or on the board. He designs and facilitates processes that change an organization’s or community’s culture, and coaches CEO’s through organizational transition. He and Eldonna have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They divide their time between a western Kansas ranch and Denver.
Jay Liebenguth is a writer and strategic communicator. A sometimes business journalist, he has focused on gaining insights from talking with leaders and sharing stories with his audience. He has produced and hosted radio and television shows and asked questions, most of his professional life. He is a voracious reader and semi-professional photographer. He loves to cook and chase the grandchildren around the house. Jay has been an active member of Shadowcliff’s marketing committee since 2012.
As a former co-director, Judith brings a wealth of Shadowcliff history and expertise to the Board and staff. She has played a key role in developing Shadowcliff’s food philosophy and Compassionate Kitchen and continues to provide guidance in many Shadowcliff operational issues.
Randal Friesen, Architect – Randy first came to Shadowcliff at age 7 in 1962 and has been actively participating on a regular basis since moving to Denver in 1980 after graduating from KSU. Randy participated on the board with founders Warren and Patt Rempel, working through the transition of SC to non-profit status and new directors Bob and Judith Mann. He has been very involved in facility upkeep, and redesign/ remodeling processes through the years. To Randy, Shadowcliff embodies the ‘spirituality’, and helps foster the stewardship of, our beautiful earth, and he hopes to continue to strengthen that ethos.
Bill Lepentis - designer, professor, strategist and researcher. He has over 25 years in the architectural design, master planning, and construction management industry. His projects include social change initiatives and innovations involving the elimination of homelessness and poverty. Bill’s thesis work and concentration included innovations, services, environments and products involving play-based learning for early childhood education. The last five years has seen Bill’s design practice evolve into a design research and strategy consulting firm; linking traditional practices with new, human-centered design approaches, helping companies and organizations grow and succeed.
Bob is a retired co-director of Shadowcliff. He continues to develop and inspire Shadowcliff programming with his wisdom and wit. As a former director, Bob is an invaluable resource to the Board about all things related to Shadowcliff and more. Bob is also very active in creating partnerships for Shadowcliff, and probably planning a future Shadowcliff workshop as you read this.
Susan Miller has spent more than 20 years guiding clarity and consensus for productive change. Most recently her expertise is leading companies through strategic planning, program development and process/workforce optimization. She leverages her leadership experience as a consultant, facilitator, strategist, and project manager working for and representing large national corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and start-ups, across multiple industries including education, manufacturing and the environment. Growing up in Wisconsin, she has a strong passion for the importance of accessibility to the outdoors. When she’s not brainstorming innovative solutions with clients, Susan can often be found on a body of water or on her road bike.
Doug is a Manufactures Representative specializing in electronic test and measurement equipment. He lives in Olathe Kansas. Doug visited Shadowcliff for the first time 20 years ago and has been coming back ever since. He enjoys volunteering and the opportunity to be a small part of an amazing place. He encourages everyone to come and experience Shadowcliff as a guest a volunteer or both. When Doug is not volunteering, you will find him bushwhacking and backpacking Rocky Mountain National Park.
Eric Ziegenhorn is an attorney with Creative Planning Legal and practices in the areas of estate planning and real estate. After attending Mizzou, he got his JD from University of California-Berkeley in 1983. He is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, California and Georgia, and lives in midtown Kansas City with his family. Eric has presented numerous continuing legal education seminars for other lawyers and the public, and is also active as a legal writer for Thompson Reuters, for which he has authored and updates a popular three-volume set of legal forms for use by Missouri lawyers [Missouri Legal Forms 3d, West Publishing division of Thomson Reuters]. Eric works on a regular basis with the Volunteer Attorney Project (operated by the Kansas City, Missouri, Public Defenders Office), is on the Board of Directors of Bridging the Gap and the Writer's Place, and is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
Executive Director: Kathy Baldwin
Kathy joins the Shadowcliff family as Executive Director with over 30 years professional experience in both corporate and nonprofit settings, most recently serving as resident caretaker for the Santa Fe Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally residing in Kansas City, Kathy also worked in varying capacities for 18 years at the Kansas City Academy, a small independent middle and high school. It was in her capacity as Head of School at the Academy that she first visited Shadowcliff over 10 years ago, returning several more times with students and faculty.
Director of Shadowcliff Community Operations: Emily Cesca
Born in Portland, OR Emily lived most of her life in California until she relocated to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2015. With a professional background in finance, operations, and personnel management, she shifted gears and now spends her time teaching public and private yoga classes, leading workshops and trainings, helping to manage a yoga studio, and assisting with retreats. A nature girl at heart, Emily is at home outdoors, whether in the water, in the jungle, or in the mountains, and she loves to experience the natural beauty of Shadowcliff and the surrounding area of Grand Lake. This will be Emily’s fourth season at Shadowcliff. She is excited to return and is incredibly grateful for being able to call Shadowcliff her summer home. Aside from her work for Shadowcliff and teaching in Vallarta, Emily is currently undergoing a 900-hour Yoga Therapy certification.
Operations Coordinators: Alanah Rempel & Brandon Goober
Alanah and Brandon are no strangers to Grand Lake or to Shadowcliff. Alanah was born and raised in Grand Lake and her grandparents started Shadowcliff! It was certainly a great place for her to spend time as a kid. Brandon is a born and bred Southern boy from Jesup, GA. Alanah worked at Shadowcliff in 2013 for part of the season on the rotational staff. Then, in 2017, Alanah and Brandon worked at the lodge for the full season, as the office manager and maintenance manager, respectively. In 2019 they returned again: Brandon as the main cook and Alanah as the lead kitchen assistant. They have spent the past two years working the winters at a lodge on Donner Summit in California. When they’re not too busy, Alanah and Brandon like to go hiking.